Friday, January 31, 2014

Matthias Schoenaerts to star in adaptation of True Detective's Nic Pizzolatto novel Galveston




Matthias Schoenarts and Carey Mulligan; Far from the Madding Crowd*

If you're loving HBO's new True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, this ought to ring your bell. Nic Pizzolatto, the scribe behind the new hit, has written a script based on his own debut novel, Galveston. Deadline reports the project is a go with production planned for a spring start. Check out the storyline below and tell me how Matthias Schoenaerts, attached to star, strikes you as the character Roy? Deadline also reports the hunt is on for the female lead. 
"On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss’s crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.
Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come.

* While Far from the Madding Crowd is slated to come out sometime this year, news from the production has been few and far between. I'll be adding it to this years guide to movies based on books very soon. 

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